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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:37 am

I’m hoping the scoring continues to mirror the last series in which case I win the next two and we go to 5.5 -3.5!

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:46 am

The next game could be fairly crucial. I will have to try and find my ‘A game’.

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:41 am

Quick score update, 6.5 - 4.5 in my favour. Kenbo's 3 straight wins followed by 3 for me then one each. Some good games with a better standard of play by both of us.

In case of interest to Kenbo (and all the other eager chess fanatics!) I thought I'd post the link to the 2 videos I've watched recently. This is the first one (I've not quite finished the second yet.)



I mainly watched this to see what the top 10 responses to the pawn to K4 opening was and how frequently each was used. Each move is discussed so quickly that it's hard to follow in detail but it just gave me an idea for moves to mix up the games given the extent to which Kenbo favours this opening (which tends to lead to aggressive games).

The main thing I got from this game was a realisation that there are more options for the first or second knight moves than I have been considering. I've been blinkered for some reason and only ever moved my knight as far forward as possible. It hadn't even occurred to me that moving the knights in front of the king or queen was a valid move to develop the knight and start to attack the centre of the board. So I'm now aware of this (fairly obvious) option and consider it where relevant. I've also embraced the idea of advancing the bishops more quickly, to the 4th or 5th row, rather than always trying to keep them in reserve a bit further back.

Combine that with me trying the "Kenbo opening" for the first time and I think I've started to play in a more attacking way rather than always trying to slowly develop all my pieces before going for any attacks.

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:05 pm

This is the other video which I'm watching to the end now. Only watched it as it followed on from the last one. Will let you know if I thought it was any good.


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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:47 pm

Hmm, interesting while watching it but couldn't follow it all and didn't really take anything in. {8

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:20 pm

I will have a look at it at some stage. I have looked at a few before but your (old) opening moves aren’t very common so didn’t help me much.

I should be good for a game at 6pm if that’s any good for you?

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Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:39 pm

Yeah, pretty much due to be ready by then, send me an invite once you’ve decided which new opening you’re going to try! ;-)

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:07 pm

I know I’m bringing my rook pawns out early. I’m getting fooked off with your bishop pinning down my queen recently. That’ll stop it! :)

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:22 pm

Got a game scheduled against my mate tomorrow, first for 3 weeks. Played him 4 times for 4 wins and the first 3 were before I’d played anyone else on the app. In that time I’ve played 59 other games, winning 39 of them. I’ll be dissapointed if I don’t blow him off the board! :)

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:26 am

harry_rag wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:22 pm
I’ll be dissapointed if I don’t blow him off the board! :)
I was disappointed but only because we had to give up after 6 moves due to constant tech issues at his end.

Up for an afternoon game, let me know preferred time, just planning my schedule!

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:18 pm

You’ve certainly ‘blown’ me a few times, it wasn’t enjoyable! :)

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:21 pm

I think I’m happy to update the score today!

H won the third series 10.5-7.5, giving me my best score to date.

But......I have took a two-nil lead in the fourth series after a couple of (rare) lackluster performances from the H-Man!

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:35 pm

Hopefully getting all this week's mistakes out of the way in one go! *,

Credit where it's due though, you're on an upward trajectory in terms of score (5.5, then 7 then 7.5) and games won (5, then 6 then 7). The one line I managed to hold this time was winning distance which has been 5 followed by 3 and 3 again. I'll be doing well to finish +3 this time, coming back from 2 games down.

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:43 pm

That stalemate is still a victory in my mind! :)

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:59 pm

kenbo wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:43 pm
That stalemate is still a victory in my mind! :)
Trust me, if you're ever on the other side of one it's pretty much the same feeling but a positive one!

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Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:04 pm

I can imagine. Feels like a win to you and a loss to me.

I do remember winning one game against you where I was so far behind, but somehow won it. It felt like it should’ve been worth two points (which it theoretically was I suppose).

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:07 pm

That might be the one where I blithely ignored the risk of you getting a pawn promoted and didn't leave my king an out. I thought I'd get mate before you could do it but I was wrong! :>

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:14 pm

I can’t remember the ins and outs of the match. I know I didn’t have much of a chance at one stage, but somehow won it. You may be right. Think it was possibly our first series.

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:16 pm

Having said that, I think I might have won from nowhere when you had your own king boxed in?

Which is what you said! *,

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:12 pm

I’ve just had two games on chess24 against random opponents. They both beat me within three minutes. *,

I think we’re at the very bottom of the chess ladder!

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:53 am

{8 Real people I assume, rather than a computer? Any check to see if they're a reasonable match for you or could they be any ability from novice to grandmaster?

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:17 pm

Yeah a real person. I’ve got a rating on there and they match people with a similar rating to you. Mine’s obviously far too high because the people I’ve played are well beyond me.

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by kenbo » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:11 pm

The H-Man should be in hospital ........He’s took one hell of a beating this week!! :)

I’ve took a 9-4 lead in the fourth series and am hovering around the 1.02 mark to win my first ever race to ten. Not only has H helped me to improve my game, he’s also letting me win matches that he’s totally dominating!

It should be 7-6 to either one of us really, but a few mistakes by H, and possibly some good play by me has seen me take an almost unbeatable lead. If I do happen to lose this one, I’m quitting for good! :)

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Re: Chess Chat

Post by harry_rag » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:18 pm

Definitely lost a couple of games I should've won (not least the one where I missed an opportunity for checkmate before spectacularly self combusting) and should really have won tonight so maybe 7-6 would be a fairer reflection. No argument though that your game has improved and you're doing better than me at eliminating unforced errors.

The big question is whether I've reached my limit and you're still on an upward trajectory. The next series will give us a better idea in that respect.

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